You had plans to lave Tianna for a while and attend to your nascent kingdom on the western side of the island, but it looks like you'll have to delay your departure.Well. Your "nascent kingdom" is several hundred square kilometers of completely empty and uninhabited land, part of which was previously unclaimed and part of which was ripped straight out of the Wyld. Alright, it's not really "nascent". Your butler, Regis, and your maid, Millian, have prepared for you a room of Tianna's castle (part of its archives, apparently: the walls are lined with bookshelves filled to the brim) where you will be able to receive in a proper and dignified manner the people who, you've found out yesterday, would like to talk with you.After being named as the queen's future spouse and your dance (and... other things) yesterday night at the festival in honor of Dancing Smoke, it's no surprise that people will want to have a chat with you, after all. Whenever there are shifts in power, there are people who will want to be a part of that.You would love to be able to count on queen Amata's advice, in fact, but unfortunately she's also busy with state matters at the moment. Tia, your Lunar Mate, intends to stand by you during these meetings. Even thought you... don't have much faith in her political acumen, you can count on her as a bodyguard, and just having her at your side makes you feel safer than any of the powers at your disposal.Once everything is ready, Regis, perfectly dressed for the occasion, peeks into the small office: "The people looking to met you are here, Maka. Er, Millian said that by virtue of being Exalted, the Dragon-Blooded should have precedence. Should I call her in first?">Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants>Meet the wandering martial artist>Meet the mercenary captain>Meet the sun priestess>Other?
>Who are we?Maka, an exiled noble recently Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. She's in the western city of Tianna as a guest of queen Amata (DB), an old friend. Abyssals are targeting the city for conquest, Lintha pirates have infiltrated it with spies and agents, and the Realm is probably planning to get rid of you. Enjoy.>Solar? Zenith? I don't know Exalted...This quest is as newbie-friendly as possible, and I want it to work as a newbie's intro to Exalted. If you have ANY question, ask in thread. For the setting, google "1d4chan exalted".>Archive?http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=zenith>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 1d10 when posting. the first X rolls are considered, where X is equal to attribute + ability. Yes, this means that the more people are posting, the stronger Maka is, up to a limit of her attribute + ability.>XP?Attributes cost [current score x5] xp. Abilities cost [current score x3] xp, except Zenith costing [(current score x3) -1]. Charms cost 10 xp, except for Zenith-based charms (related to charisma and physical/mental fortitude) which cost 8 xp. At the end of every "session" (thread) you will be presented with a list of possible acquisitions.>Twitter?@exaltedfag
>>31535990>Meet the sun priestessLet's see how our new cult is coming along.
>>31535990>>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance
For reference, these are the charms currently available. Since by the end of the session you will have at the very least 10 XP, you can cast votes on non-Zenith charms too.When voting for XP expenditure during the thread (even if you're not voting for a charm), please link to this post so i can track your vote more easily."Save XP for later" is a valid vote.[dawn]Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)Mob-Dispersing Rebuke (1 Ess. Say something threatening or make a show of strength, roll social + dawn. Unless a unit has a heroic leader who can beat your roll, the unit immediately routs and disperses.)[zenith]Husband-Seducing Demon Dance (1 Ess. A performance you give causes anyone seeing it to instantly gain a positive feeling for you (love, respect, starry-eyed admiration, etc))Respect-Commanding Attitude (1 Ess, Scene. Interrupts everyone and anything going on, in order to deliver a statement that will be heard)Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima) [twilight]Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)Courtier's Eye Technique (1 Ess, Can tell someone's backgrounds)[night]Graceful Crane Stance (permanent, gives you supernatural balance and lightness of step)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)[eclipse]Mastery of Small Manners (1 Ess, you learn the short-term objectives of people in the scene. Gives straightforward ideas, but does not reveal complex plans)Merchant's Wisdom (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all commerce, economy and bureaucracy-related rolls for the scene.)
>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance
>>31535990Meet the dragon-blooded. No reason to cause a scene, and I don't expect the others will mind us choosing not to piss off the elemental superhuman. >>31536021Terrifying Glorious Presence or Eclipse. Hell, just about anything other than Husband-Seducing Demon Dance, really, just because I don't want to invite furious arguments over when to and when not to use it.
>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021Graceful Crane Stance
>>31536021Heaven Thunder Hammer
>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021Husband-Seducing Demon DanceI regret nothing~
Rolled 1>>31535990>>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021Graceful Crane Stance
Rolled 8>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021Judge's Ear Technique - It's good to know when we're being bullshitted.
>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your danceWe should meet the priestess next. Ground rules need to be set out>>31536021Terrifying Glorious Presence or Phantom-Conjuring PerformanceA vote for Not HSDD
Rolled 3>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)I was stuck between either this or Merchant's Wisdom, but I think we'll get more use out of this in the long term
Rolled 2>>31535990We should also be using MRP, or TGP if that ends up winning, will all these meeting count as one scene or separate scenes?
Rolled 5>>31535990>Meet the Dragon-Blooded who claims to have been captivated by your dance>>31536021>Graceful Crane Stance
>>31535990>Sure, meet the DB first>>31536021>TGP
>>31536183Sure, I'll second that.
>>31536021>Graceful Crane Stance (permanent, gives you supernatural balance and lightness of step)Like IPP. I am sure this will play off in the future.
Rolled 2>>31536155>>31536166The problem with Judge's Ear Technique is that people are paranoid as all fuck about spending essence and there's exactly zero chance in hell that people are going to choose to spend it on JET over a social-booster charm. The charms we actually stand the best chance of using are either Permanent charms or charms that are permanent upgrades to existing ones. We should probably stick to those until people actually prove more willing to keep ourselves below maximum essence.Anyway, that's my feeling on it. It's cool as fuck, but it'll never be used. No reason to change your votes, just something to keep in mind.>>31536191Then let's make sure to activate it. It should prove terribly useful.>>31536021I would like any of the following:>Terrifying Glorious Presence>Graceful Crane Stance>Lightning Speed>Heaven Thunder Hammer>Phantom-Conjuring Performance>Eclipse +1Things that are permanent or permanently upgrade an existing power.
Rolled 6>>31536245>people are paranoid as all fuck about spending essenceThis is especially true with social charms, because we can only use one before our anima flares
Rolled 4>>31536263Exactly. That's why I think that we will approximately never - or close enough for it to not be worth the experience points - use a JET over a charm that offers us a more discrete bonus like MRP. Hell, look how rarely we use the fairly-awesome Talking to the Heart simply because people don't want to spend Essence on a one-off or flare our anima.That's the main - entire, really - reason why I don't want to spend our experience points on JET. If it weren't for how we all collectively spend our essence, I'd be on board for really expanding our essence-costing charms. With it as context, though, permanent and permanent upgrades is the way to go.
>>31536285>Hell, look how rarely we use the fairly-awesome Talking to the Heart simply because people don't want to spend Essence on a one-off or flare our anima.I think that's less people don't want to rather than we forget about it, it helps that JET is scene long rather than a one off we have to use everytime, for now in social scenes we've only been spending the one essence per use on MRP, I think really you're over estimating how little we'll end up using it, so I'll vote for it>>31536021>Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)
Rolled 2>>31536310>I think that's less people don't want to rather than we forget about it, it helps that JET is scene long rather than a one off we have to use everytime, for now in social scenes we've only been spending the one essence per use on MRP, I think really you're over estimating how little we'll end up using it, so I'll vote for itI'm sorry, but I really do disagree. We've been intensely paranoid about using essence. We start freaking out as soon as we hit Essence 3 as if we're on the cusp of running out, and people are absolutely terrified of letting our caste mark show in social situations for some reason, meaning we never end up using more than 1 essence per scene unless we're fighting.That said, it's of course your vote. I desperately hope I'm wrong, but I'm thoroughly convinced that getting JET will be a complete and total waste of experience at best.
>>31536332>We start freaking out as soon as we hit Essence 3 as if we're on the cusp of running out,We started freaking out because we were in the wyld with two more battles left to fightWe really do need more essence though, we should think about raising mental soonish
Rolled 2>>31536332We were fine with the caste mark showing during dancing smoke's festival and the dance, it was the dinner we didn't want it showing at. Unfortunately, I think we'll be encountering more scenarios like the latter than the former
I really don't think TGP is worth it. 1 automatic success? We get ten fucking dice on Social rolls with MRP already. Doesn't that average out to 4 successes per roll? Do we really gain anything from getting another for free?
Rolled 2>>31536347We've STILL been freaking out, though. We never stopped, after that one time we over-extended ourselves. We freak out every time we hit Essence 3. We freak out every time we might show our caste mark in a social setting.We just plain freak out about spending essence.It's shitty, but it's also sadly true.>>31536356Yes, that dance has been the singular exception, and people were still freaking out about hitting Essence 3 because 'oh god, what if we need to defend ourselves.' It's a tragedy and a travesty, but it's true as hell.
Rolled 2>>31536375Yes. Larger social damage, a larger pool of successes than a similarly-capable social combatant, and an ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE that we will NEVER botch a social roll with it active. That and the fact that it's a flat, free, permanent upgrade to a charm we already have. Remember, we're not always going to be going up against people that are mortal, or un-specialized in social combat, or what have you. There are other exalts out there, and one of the Abyssals in particular seems to prefer social combat to physical.It'll be absolutely great for us.
Rolled 6>>31536378I think we need to focus more on the religious side of our social rather than the political, as it less of a big deal if we flare our caste mark in that setting.At least, that's why I voted to do so there but not at the dinner.
>>31536375>Do we really gain anything from getting another for free?yes, we don't botch it with /tg/ dice which we have done several times
[Mental + Eclipse = 1 8 3 2 = 1 success]After a few seconds, the Dragon-Blooded Millian mentioned walks in the room, loudly closing the door behind herself. Of average height and fairly pale skin, despite being clad in what one would consider a dancer's outfit she has a surprising amount of muscle on her lithe frame."...You're a lot more formal than I thought, miss Maka. Meeting me in a place like this?" She wonders, getting seated, or rather, slouching on one of the two chairs present in the room."Um." You stare at the Dragon-Blooded, Trying to guess what her deal must be. "In any case, pleased to meet you...-""Zareen." She replies, a name that doesn't ring any bells, not even when she adds the family name: "Zareen Inofu." She slouches a bit more on the chair. "...Your dance yesterday night was really something amazing, miss Maka. I really wanted to meet you after seeing that. Is it true that you're an Anathema? It's my first time meeting one.""I'm a Solar Exalted." You confirm while at the same time rejecting that specific term casually. "Maka of Gem. What can I do for you, miss Zareen?""I would very much like if you could take me as a student.""For dance?""Yes, of course." She replies, like it was't obvious.>I would be glad to.>Sorry, but I can't take students now.>Sure, but it won't be for free.>Why are you interested?>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?>(ask something else?)
>>31536402Have we ever botched a Social roll, though?
Rolled 5>>31536416That's a good question! How about you go through the archives and put together a list of every time we've botched - for context.
Rolled 1>>31536415>Why are you interested?>I would be glad to.
>>31536415>Why are you interested?possibly leading into>Sorry, but I can't take students now.
Rolled 9>>31536415>I would be glad to.Tiger Warrior Training Technique for Zenith/Wood it is!...because seriously, what Skills do Dragon-Blooded have? Are they divided by Aspect the way ours are divided by Caste?
Rolled 7>>31536415>I would be glad to.
>>31536415>Why are you interested?>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?>those absSuper want her, but also super suspicious
>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?I wonder
Rolled 1>>31536415>I would be glad to.>>31536445Aspect are less strict than castes. EVERY Zenith is a priest of the Unconquered Sun, whether they want to be or not for example, different Aspects are merely better at different things
Rolled 7>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?>Why are you interested?
Rolled 2>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?get to know her a bit, then>Why are you interested?to find out her reasonsmake a decision after thatalso>[Mental + Eclipse = 1 8 3 2 = 1 success]uhguyswe should probably work on being slightly less retarded before we get more social crap
>>31536415>Why are you interested?>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?Provided there's no funny business there we can move to>I would be glad to.
Rolled 9>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?>Why are you interested?>I would be glad to.Don't want to turn her away, just want to know a bit more about her first
>>31536415Man JET would be super useful about now
Rolled 9>>31536467>Aspect are less strict than castes. EVERY Zenith is a priest of the Unconquered Sun, whether they want to be or not for example, different Aspects are merely better at different things...I have no idea what you're trying to say. I'm asking what skills appear on their character sheets. Also, they're technically more strict, because you get much fewer favored skills outside of your Aspect than Solars get outside of their Caste.What I'm asking are the following:>Do Dragon-Blooded have their Aspects, i.e. Wood, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth as skills the same way we have our Castes, i.e. Dawn, Zenith, Night, Twilight, and Eclipse?>Can we train a Dragon-Blooded up in Wood since it has Performance the way we can train others up in Zenith/Priest, or can DBs only get trained in, say, Fire/Earth by Tiger-Warrior Training Technique?
Rolled 8>>31536494We won't even have the XP for it until the end of the thread.
Rolled 9>>31536480>we should probably work on being slightly less retarded before we get more social crapOh, I absolutely agree. We should be picking up Eclipse and Eclipse-based bureaucractic/political charms. After all, we're trying to be a leader, and those are the epitome of political/leadership abilities. But people want to detect lies or get more successes by hitting people with social skills at the moment instead of being a better administrator/politician for some reason.
Rolled 3>>31536495Oh, I thought you were asking a completely different question. I think Tiger Warrior Training only works on mortals
Rolled 3>>31536494>Man JET would be super useful about nowAnd we wouldn't use it, because we would be too worried about saving essence for something else, or not showing off our caste mark to our guests. We're fucking retarded about spending essence.>>31536415Speaking of which, have we activated Majestic Radiant Presence yet? Because seriously, activate it.
Rolled 3>>31536540Balls, you're right.
>>31536495DBs have Aspects.You can only train mortals.
>>31536524Because the administrator/politician archetype is not one that some of us prefer playing. Like me for example. The social/symbolic leader is one that i find far more interesting.
Rolled 7>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?We should mention that we're pretty busy at the moment so we don't really have time for her.
Rolled 7>>31536415>You're not from Tianna, right? Where are you from?>Why are you interested?>I would be glad to.
Rolled 6>>31536568That doesn't change the fact that it's clearly necessary. We're being made a dual queen, we're setting up a small kingdom on the west side of the island, we're meeting dignitaries, making alliances, and even planning on running a church. Hell, we're managing crews of pirates turned privateers and trying to establish revenue streams.EVERY LAST ONE OF THOSE THINGS falls under Eclipse and its bureaucratic/political charms. Even if you don't, personally, want that to be our specialty, it's obvious that we at least need to be better at it than we are now.
Rolled 6We should activate our social charm. Meeting all those people is only one scene, after all.
Rolled 6>>31536610Agreed. We really need to turn Majestic Radiant Presence on.
Rolled 4>>31536415Use MRP if we haven't already
>>31536600Yea, your right. Not sure if it means anything but >>31536021Changing my vote >>31536235To Eclipse +1
Rolled 2>>31536624Use MRP if we haven't alreadyYeah seconding activating MRP
>>31536600I know, i'm not complaining about your logic, but i just don't wanna...Selfish of me yes, but it's how i'll be spending my vote. I am fine with being overruled. Just like with HSDD.
Rolled 6>>31536654I find that attitude completely retarded - you're basically saying, "Well, hey, you're clearly right, but I don't really care." Or, at least, that's how your statement comes off to me - I may have gotten a completely incorrect impression of what you're say. But, eh, it's your vote to do with as you please, obviously.
Rolled 3>>31536610Agreed. Let's get it going. With our personal cult we regain essence faster anyway.
Rolled 2>>31536683>our personal cultHoly shit, I just noticed that cult dot! When did we get that?
>>31536694After last night's orgy
Rolled 3>>31536694>>31536700And you people said it was a bad thing
>>31536694>>31536700>One is a priestess of the Unconquered Sun and the leader of the small congregation of that faith here in Tianna, which has, uh, jumped in membership since your arrival
>>31536700You mean gangbang.
Rolled 1>>31536719It was a bad thing, you dolt, we got the cult dot for leading a fuckhuge religious celebration, not for fucking a huge amount of people.
Rolled 10>>31536729literally the same thing>>31536730I still don't have a problem with it
>>31536742>literally the same thingIt really isn't.
>>31536682Nah, you're right. But it's to be expected when it comes to collaborative games isn't it?Same thing with the UMI or orgy arguments. One side has one opinion, another side has another. Only in this case i'm taking a clearly wrong approach instead of taking a stance that actually has merit.
[Majestic Radiant Presence][Essence: 3/5][Social + Zenith = 5 1 9 7 1 7 2 9 9 8 = 6 successes]"...Why are you interested in me? You're not from Tianna, are you?" Something about this woman is suspicious, though you can't quite put your finger on it."No, I'm... originally from Coral. My family used to be from the Realm, though my grandfathers emigrated to work as merchants there.""Dragon-Blooded?" Dragon-blooded don't "emigrate" from the Realm."Particians." That makes more sense. "Former patricians." That makes A LOT more sense."So, why did you pick up dancing?" You try and shift the conversation to a casual tone."...As a hobby. After my Exaltation.""...So I guess you are inheriting your family business?""No. I Exalted in a slave trader's camp."An ice-cold silence falls in the room.The first reply that comes to your mind is an understating "I imagine that your family business must not have been very successful then", but you bite your tongue and keep that thought to yourself.You might have been digging too deep in this woman, but now that you've gotten her talking...You look at her: It's clear she didn't imagine she'd end up talking about this kind of past."... I imagine you haven't been a slave for very long after that, then.""Not very long, no." You have no trouble imagining this young lady as an adolescent, made fit and strong by years of thankless physical labor, dressed in rags, broken chains around her wrists and ankles, covered in the blood and entrails of her slavers, perhaps clutching a freshly removed head in her hands. At least, that's the image you read in her eyes.Another bout of uncomfortable silence passes. You smile."...You're not really a dancer, are you?""As a hobby." Her smile is forced and nervous.>I can give you dancing lessons, nothing more.>What do you really want from me?>I believe our meeting ends here.>Keep silent, let her talk on her own.>Other?
Rolled 7>>31536756...I have absolutely no clue how to respond to someone saying, 'Yeah, my stance has no merit, but I'm keeping it anyway.' Bravo.
Rolled 9>>31536768>What do you really want from me?
Rolled 7>>31536768>I can give you dancing lessons but what do you really want from me?
>>31536768>What do you really want from me?I bet she wants to see Coral broken at our feetWe can totally do that too
Rolled 1>>31536768>What do you really want from me?Maka is not pleased by false pretenses.
>>31536768>What do you really want from me?>>31536777Easy, call me an idiot, move on.
Rolled 4>>31536768>What do you really want from me?
>>31536768>What do you really want from me?Revenge?
>>31536768>Keep silent, let her talk on her own.Psychology 101, people try to fill in silences, and waiting quietly after they say something small draws out an explanation
Rolled 8>>31536768>What do you really want from me?
Rolled 7>>31536843Yeah, I realized too late after making my vote that would be the cooler choice. Unfortunately, there's a clear majority for pulling it out of her now.
Rolled 1>>31536843>>31536852Unfortunately Maka is too baka to psychology people.
Rolled 10>>31536768>Keep silent, let her talk on her own.
Rolled 6>>31536843Sure I guess I'll vote for that
Rolled 10>>31536768>>Keep silent, let her talk on her own.or >>31536794
Rolled 2>>31536852you do realise you can change right? its only been 12 minutes and EF usually takes his time updating when he's doing other things in the background
Rolled 9>>31536873Well, going the direct route has been in character so far.But:>>31536840Is me. Im changing to>>31536843>Keep silent
Rolled 1>>31536768>I can give you dancing lessons but what do you really want from me?
Rolled 7>>31536917I didn't feel like it since there was a clear majority of people wanting to pull it out of her, but yeah, it seems that tide is turning. I think this was me:>>31536782I want to give her the silent treatment instead.
Rolled 9>>31536768>What do you really want from me?What does she really want to learn
Rolled 2>>31536938>I didn't feel like it since there was a clear majority of people wanting to pull it out of herdon't let the majority force your vote just because they are the majority, should always be the rationale behind the majorities vote and not the fact its a majority that influences a vote
Rolled 4>>31536984There's a difference between letting it sway my vote and going, 'Eh, fuck it' to trying to change shit.
You steeple your fingers and stare right into her eyes.Not trying to intimidate her, but just make her feel like you're on to her. Like she's been busted.The difference is that someone being intimidated will lie to protect himself. Someone who's been busted, however, has nothing to lose anymore."So, what do you want from me?" You ask her."My just due." She replies."I don't believe I owe you anything. I've never traded in slaves, or have any connection to Coral.""I don't mean from you." She points out. "I mean from the world."You gesture her to continue.She points at herself with a hand on her chest, full of confidence. "I am Exalted. I have a right to rule, have I not? To be someone. But alone, with no allies, even with my power, I would not be able to carve a space for myself. And those who would grant it to me would only do so if i lowered myself to beg.""You mean you have no intention to rejoin the Realm." You nod. "They call those like you Lost Eggs. They'd take you in, adopt you. Put you to work in their bureaucracy, their politics, their military.""Even as an Exalted, I'd just be a gear in someone else's machine." She explains"You want to be free?""Only the mad and the deluded are really free. I want to be a gear in my own machine. I want to be able to pick what kind of gear I will be, and have a voice in the machine's direction.""You believe that I can give you that." You ask, or rather, state."You're like me." She grins. "You're out to carve a place for yourself. You're off to a good start already, it seems... and I want to be a part of that." She leans closer. "I can be of help to you. We can join forces.">Welcome aboard, Zareen.>What can you do?>I have no reason to trust you.>You're just trying to latch onto someone else.>Rulership doesn't quite work like you think it does.>I think you should try and find a place for you on your own.>Other?
Rolled 1>>31537030>>What can you do?>>I have no reason to trust you.>>You're just trying to latch onto someone else.>>Rulership doesn't quite work like you think it does.I mean, I want to accept. I just want to have a serious, honest talk first. No empty promises or emptier ideals. Just a reasonable and honest discussion of what type of gear she wants to be, and whether or not we can trust her to be it.
Rolled 4>>31537030>Rulership doesn't quite work like you think it does.An empire is not a machine. It is a living, breathing organism, with a mind and heart of its own.
Rolled 8>>31537030>What can you do?
Rolled 6>>31537030>What can you do?>Rulership doesn't quite work like you think it does.I do want her to join, but she says join forces like she has something to bring to the table besides herself
>>31537030>What can you do?"You want to be a gear in my machine. I need to know where to fit you."
Rolled 5>>31537030Seconding >>31537105
>>31537030>What can you do?
Rolled 4>>31537030>What can you do?>Rulership doesn't quite work like you think it does."You'll have a chance to be a voice in the machine, but you'll have to earn it."
>>31537030>What can you do?Let's be honest, she needs us more than we need her.
Rolled 2>>31537222Yeah I like this, she can eventually be an important figure, but she needs to earn that
[Physical + Dawn = 1 4 8 6 5 4 = 1 success]You tap with your fingers on your knee. "I'm not sure things quite work the way you imagine.""I'm sorry?" She asks back."There are some things that you have a right to. Being in a position of power is not one of those, even if you are Exalted.""One of those rights that must be earned." She nods. "I am familiar with the concept."Well, she DID earn her freedom in a way, you reason."How can you be useful? What can you do?"She quietly stands up from the chair, and then lifts her right leg so high you never thought it would be possible and slams it down on you in an axe kick so fast you swear you saw, for a moment, a shockwave of compressed air forming on her heel.Without time to stand from your chair, you lift both arms and cross them instantly over your head in a high guard. The impact disperses throughout your body, shattering the chair and sending you on the ground. Spinning around on your back, you flash two low kicks at her in succession, aiming at sweeping her off her feet, but she leaps over them, having anticipated them. Her silk scarf wraps around your left ankle as you finish your second kick, and, when she tugs on the other hand, you slide closer to her, skidding on the rough floor and losing completely your balance.While one of her hands is keeping you busy with the scarf tangling your other foot, she slams her other hand on her own chair. The wood bends, twists and turns into a bow and a single arrow, with no metal tip but still sharpened to a point like a bodkin. She pulls the string and points down at you, as you twist out of the veil and struggle back at your feet. She obviously held her fire: she could have shot you if she wanted.Then, you both freeze as Tia, silent until now, slowly stands up from her chair at the far end of the room.She doesn't say anything. (cont.)
>>31537475>Tia (yandere ver.).pngIt was nice knowing you, Zareen. A shame you have to leave this world so early in your life.
Rolled 9>>31537475>Tia (yandere ver.)oops
Zareen relaxes the pull on the bow, unnotches the arrow, and offers you a hand to stand back up. "I'm a good dancer.""You don't say." You note, as you get rid of the tangling veil and grab her hand.Tia sits back down.You sigh in relief."I also know some medicine." She brings the arrow's tip closer to your attention, taking care to point it sideways. A greenish sap is exuding from the wood near the point."Of course you do.""And I guess I had a bit of home schooling in math and economy from my parents. When I still had them.""That doesn't sound like much.""Maybe not, but I learn fast.""Did you learn something today?" Tia asks from her seat.Zareen leaves the bow and arrow on a half-empty bookshelf, turns to her, and bows. "I did.""Good."The Dragon-Blooded still turns back to you.>I like you. You're in.>I'll have to test you first. (how?)>I still have no reason to trust you.
Sheeeiit, Zareen done goof'd.Also, just me or is the thread kind of slow/unpopulated right now?
>>31537592>I like you. You're in.
Rolled 1>>31537592>I like you. You're in.>>31537594Nothing to respond to until now.
Rolled 3>>31537592>I like you. You're in.She has nice abs too, I want a chance to lick them
>>31537592>I like you. You're in.Better her with us then against us.
>>31537594Thread goes faster when talking about UMI or sex, or when everyone chimes in on an obvious choice, and goes slower when there's actual decisions to make.
Rolled 2>>31537592>Tia not going full murder crazyShe has grown
Rolled 3>>31537592>I like you. You're in.
Rolled 1>>31537592>I still have no reason to trust you.I mean, she'd be a great bodyguard/assassin. But that's a dangerous thing if we don't trust a person.
Rolled 6>>31537643yep, we're good influences on each otheralso>>31537615>>31537628>>31537639>>31537654roll some dice ffs
Rolled 5>>31537654forgot my dice
Rolled 2>>31537664Oh yea. I forgot to turn the dice roller on.
>>31537592>I like you. You're in. But one more thing...How about a spar? A real one this time.
Rolled 7>>31537592>I like you. You're in.I hope this doesn't need a roll
Rolled 8>>31537664Balls...forgot dice.
Rolled 9>>31537683>How about a spar? A real one this time.She would beat us senseless. She's clearly primarily a warrior/assassin. That's barely our secondary specialty.
Rolled 9>>31537706Which is half the point, i'm curious as to how much we are outclassed.The second half of the point is to cop a feel. Or ten.After yesterday some LIGHT lewd might be what's needed.
Rolled 2>>31537752We JUST SAW how much we're outclassed. She didn't even spend enough essence to flare her anima banner when she schooled us like that. A 'real spar' would show us nothing new.
Rolled 5>>31537781We didn't spend any essence, though, and solar charms are better than Dragonblooded
>>31537592>I like you. You're in.>>31537752Eh, let's not make Tia jealous.
Rolled 8>>31537802>We didn't spend any essence, though, and solar charms are better than Dragonblooded...so? It seems like she didn't spend any essence either, aside from making that poison bow and arrow. That is, quite frankly, all we really need to know.
Ok she is in but what will we have her do? Can probably command a unit of our soldiers in the future.
Rolled 2Might she be connected to the assassin from the festival? Did we get a good look at them?
Rolled 8>>31537896Our combat charms are better than her's, so her defeating us without charms does not necessarily mean she could also defeat us in real combat where both sides use charms
Rolled 1>>31537912I wouldn't really be surprised, but for now let's keep her
Rolled 6>>31537914>Our combat charms are better than her'sThey CAN be better, but she gets access to better combat charms at higher skill levels the same way we do. Her Wood/Water/Fire 5 combat charms are likely better than our mere Dawn 3/4 ones.
Rolled 3>>31537914Are you just mad that we lost in a fight?
Rolled 8>>31537592>I like you. You're in.>First order of business, replace my table
Rolled 5>>31537953I'm not. I'm not even in favor of another spar.I'm just saying that we wouldn't necessarily lose if we fought.
"I like you." You shake Zareen's hand. "You're in.""Thank you." She replies."I don't have much I can offer you right now." You explain. "The land I own is empty, and it will be weeks, months, maybe years until I've built something worth it.""I will wait." She lowers her voice a bit. "By the way. Is... is she the twin sister of that hunk you were dancing with yesterday?"You look at Tia with a smile. "Tia? Oh, no, she's the same person."Zareen's eyes narrow. "What?" She looks at Tia again. "I'm absolutely sure that he was a man.""She can be a man. Tia, can you give us a demonstration?"She does. As always, the sight of male Tia in that fancy-looking dress is endlessly entertaining to you.It takes a few seconds for the Dragon-Blooded to get over the shock. "...Alright.""So, Zareen." You put a hand on her shoulder. "For now, you should...">Stay with me.>Wait around, but you'll come with me.>Stay here in Tianna.>Do an errand for me. (abyssals / lintha / immaculates / assassin / other)>Go and meet Amata and introduce yourself to her as well.>Other?
Rolled 3>>31538072>Wait around, but you'll come with me.I'm thinking bodyguard/assassin will be her main duty. She's the knife in the crowd and the intimidating person standing behind our shoulder. I'd rather she have that role than Tia - Tia is our partner, despite her willingness to be our thug.
>>31538072>Stay here in Tianna.We still can't fully trust her, so she gets to stay here until we're back from our demesne.
Rolled 8>>31538072>Wait around, but you'll come with me.
Rolled 4>>31538072>>Wait around, but you'll come with me.
Rolled 1>>31538072>Do an errand for me. (lintha)We're gonna be attacking them soon, she should go see if she can't dig up some info about themI'd offer to let her come with us, but she won't be doing much, we'll mostly jsut be having sex with the ocean, although it would be funny to see her reaction to that
Rolled 2>>31538072>Wait around, but you'll come with me.We have a Dragon-Blooded party member, now all we need is a Sidereal
Rolled 6>>31538175>We're gonna be attacking them soon, she should go see if she can't dig up some info about themShe's a warrior, not a spy.
Rolled 10>>31538072>Wait around, but you'll come with me.she can be our bodyguard and entertain us and our guests with a dance
Rolled 6>>31538217You know I've been assuming she's Fire Caste because of her hair, but is she?
Rolled 7>>31538228I was going with wood the way she molded that chair into a bow and arrow
Rolled 3>>31538217>We have a Dragon-Blooded party member, now all we need is a Siderealand an Infernal, Abyssal and an Alchemical>>31538228I'm thinking Wood Caste because archery and poison
Rolled 3>>31538245>>31538246With the Royal family and Rajan we totally have a full circle of Dragon Blooded, we super need a Gold Faction Sidereal advisor so Ketchupp Carjack can have an aneurysm when he sees us leading a mini Solar Deliberative
Rolled 2>>31538246Eh, I don't know if we could work with an Infernal or Abyssal (a Redeemed one maybe, but that's just a Solar minus the great curse). I wouldn't object to an Alchemical, but I don't know if Autochthonia is open. A Sidereal however, would work fine no matter what, and give us access to Sidereal Martial Arts.>>31538281Preferably a Chosen of Serenity
Rolled 3>>31538072>Wait around, but you'll come with me.in the meantime before we leave>Go and meet Amata and introduce yourself to her as well.
"...spend the day in the castle, become perhaps a bit acquainted with my other friends and associates. Keep yourself available: we're leaving tomorrow.""For the west?" She asks."Yes. There's not much to see. Well, apart a Fae holding."She lifts an eyebrow."The Fae ruling on it is my pet.""That DOES sound like something to see." She points out. "But in any case, I'll keep myself available then." She bows to you, and leaves.You relax a moment. "Were you about to kill her, Tia?""No." She says. "I could tell that she wasn't fighting to kill, but just to show you.""What if she did loose that arrow?" You ask her."I would have taken it." She replies, sounding very sure of herself. "And then turned her into a fine pink mist."You're happy it didn't have to go that way. You peek your head out of the room."Millian, please, bring two more chairs.""Sure." The maid replies, evidently puzzled but knowing better than to question your request."And...">Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants>Meet the wandering martial artist>Meet the mercenary captain>Meet the sun priestess>Other?
>>31538376>Go and meet Amata and introduce yourself to her as well.This. Amata will want to hear her story (and vet it through her intelligence network).
>>31538429>Meet the sun priestess
Rolled 1>>31538429>Meet the wandering martial artistTotally not a SiderealDo we have time to meet them all?
>>31538429lol. wrong image. sorry.
Rolled 6>>31538429>Meet the sun priestess
>>31538429>>Meet the sun priestess
Rolled 4>>31538429>>Meet the sun priestess
>>31538455No, I say we leave the Martial Artist until last. Any martial artist who doesn't have the patience to wait graciously isn't worth our time.I say we meet the preistess first, then the merchants.
Rolled 8>>31538429>>31538457Oh boy a spoiler. What are those? Mercenaries?>Meet the sun priestess
Rolled 3>>31538429>Meet the sun priestessIt's time.
>>31538496All those artifacts
Rolled 3>>31538429>Meet the sun priestess
>>31538246We must locate Secret
Rolled 5>>31539081She's so adorable.I'm sure she would get along with Regis and Millian
After a few minutes, your next meeting arrives.Inside the cramped office (new refurbished with two new chairs) waltzes a young woman with tan skin and delicate features.She is lightly dressed, which is not usually something that goes noticed in Tianna's fairly tropical weather (and even less so by your standards as a Gem native), but her light bikini is beautifully printed with a floral pattern, matching the flowers pinned on her light skirt, around her neck, and on the large straw hat she immediately removes as she takes her first few steps in.She must like flowers a lot.Apart for that, every part of her suggests a well-mannered, educated, delicate young woman.Except her eyes. Her eyes are very bright, and there's a strength, a purpose, a faith in them that really draws you in.Disregarding the chair, the woman throws herself at your feet and slams both hands on the ground in deference. "I'M SO HAPPY I COULD FINALLY MEET YOU!"That catches you a bit by surprise."Finally, the Unconquered Sun saw fit to send one of His emissaries to Tianna as well, to lead us and illuminate us and deliver us from the darkness of our future! It's a honor I can scarcely express! I, Pyre Spark, am at your command!"You're used at people being very polite to you, but nothing on this scale. The part that strikes you the most, though, is how cheerful she is. She's not bowing to you out of fear or mere habit or tradition, that's for sure.Oddly enough, the buzzing noise in your head you started feeling yesterday night is stronger now. It never really went away, just kind of vanished in the background until you could ignore it, but now it bounced back in your mind. Is this young priestess connected to it?>Ask about the cult>Ask about Tianna>Ask about yesterday>Ask about the buzzing noise>Ask about "dark future">Ask about flowers>Ask about her>Ask about Solars>Other?
Rolled 5>>31539164>Ask about her>Ask about yesterday>Ask about the cult
>>31539164>Ask about the buzzing noisePull her up as well
Rolled 10>>31539164>Ask about the cultAsk about herAsk about yesterdayOh it's prayersAlso sit her in our lap
Rolled 8>>31539164>>Ask about the buzzing noise>Ask about her>Ask about the cult>Ask about Tianna>Ask about yesterday
Rolled 6>>31539164>Ask about her>Ask about the cult>Ask about yesterdaycould the buzzing noise be the prayer directed at us?
Rolled 3>>31539164>>Ask about the cult>>Ask about yesterday>>Ask about her>>Ask about flowersAlso, we don't really need the mad prostration.
>>31539164>Ask about why delicious brown skin is so wonderful.
Rolled 2>>31539199>Also sit her in our lapYes this is what we need to fo
>>31539164Another delicious brown? Finally, it's been so lonely!>Ask about her>Ask about the cult
Rolled 4>>31539164>Ask about the cultLets start with that
Rolled 1>>31539164ASK ALL THE THINGS!
Rolled 4>>31539164>Ask about the cult>Ask about yesterday>Ask about "dark future"That dark future sounds super ominous
Rolled 8>>31539164Another one where I just want to take each question in turn. Let's start with her and the cult. Though I'm also curious what, if anything, she knows about Solars.
Rolled 6>>31539164>Ask about the cult>Ask about yesterday>Ask about Solars>Ask about herIn order from most to least important
Rolled 5>>31539199>Also sit her in our lap+1
Rolled 8>>31539164We have to somehow mention we spoke the UCS personally, twice
>>31539164>Ask about herHer name specifically. That's an unusual name.
Rolled 6>>31539164>Ask about the cult>Ask about yesterday>Ask about "dark future">Ask about Solars
>>31539308Not in Creation it isn't.
Rolled 6>>31539308Not in Creation it isn't.
>>31539340...Are you me?
Rolled 7>>31539357No... Maybe... Are you me?No wait! Sidereals did this I bet
>>31539340>>31539334A 'pyre' is a flame used to immolate dead bodies. Her name is Pyre Spark. Not what one would expect from a priestess of the Sun. Names like hers [Noun:Noun] are generally given to their bearers during adolescence or based on their accomplishments. I am suspicious of her.
>>31539407even under that logic "the spark the lights dead bodies" isn't, in my opinion, an ominous name. Pretty fitting if she takes care of the dead, since that kind of job is very important in Exalted.
Rolled 3>>31539418damn pattern spiders.
Rolled 9>>31539407Eh, it's not that unusual out in the Threshold for people to change names as they attain new achievements, and incinerating corpses is the Unconquered Sun's standard method for preventing ghosts. Zeniths normally have an ability to let them incinerate and guarantee easy reincarnation of any corpse at will. She likely got the name at a temple of the sun working glorious corpse disposal.
>>31539442Performing rites to properly send off the dead is quite critical in their lower souls not returning to kill the living.
"P- please, stand up." You urge her. "I don't want people to prostrate to me."She looks like she's about to stand up, but instead she just hugs your knees. "But you're a Solar! An angel of light! A messenger of love, sent by the Holiest of Holies to bring his word upon the mortal realm!""Uh..." You wrestle her back in an upright posture and manage to get her to stop being grabby. "...Mayb- sort of- Look, this is getting a bit awkward even for me." You admit, casting a glance sideways to Tia, who, in her corner, is chuckling good.You manage to sit back down on your chair, and this priestess with absolutely no concept of personal space autonomously decides that if she isn't allowed to be at your feet, she will sit in your lap. And she is not even sitting upright, but leaning on you. Should you say something?"You smell so nice." She says. At that point, you just give up. With her so close, the buzzing noise is very intense. Not so much that it's painful or distracting... actually, it's kind of soothing. Like... the only apt comparison that comes to your mind is how it's somehow more pleasant to have a light, repetitive, unobtrusive background noise than complete silence. Like the sound of waves gently lulling you to sleep.Except this buzzing sound isn't making you sleepy. Okay, it was a lousy comparison."Uh... Spark, can you tell me a bit about the Sun cult here in Tianna? I don't know much about it, actually.""There's always been some sun worshipers here in Tianna, though the Immaculates never liked it. We've been bullied and pushed around, sometimes attacked. Queen Amata kept them somewhat in check, but always favored them over us.""That's changing, though." You point out."Are you really marrying the Queen? That's so romantic!" She looks up at you, starry-eyed. She's actually pretty short, so even sitting on your lap hr head is still lower than yours. "Tianna will turn into a sun kingdom then! Are we going to kick the Immaculates out?"(cont.)
Rolled 10>>31539407I'm curious if she's received a vision from TUS herself. If not, she might be basing her beliefs around some very old, probably distorted information and will have to be gently corrected.
Rolled 3>>31539492She is adorable. I want to hug her forever
Rolled 6>>31539492She so cute, I want to keep her forever
>>31539492Ehh, the Immaculates venerate the UCS as the king of the gods too, don't they?I mean, we're supposed to emulate the Immaculate Dragons and not him, but he's still very important.
Rolled 10>>31539499>I'm curious if she's received a vision from TUS herself.I can guarantee you that she hasn't. The ONLY humans who have talked to the UCS since the First Age are the Solars - and even then, only the Zeniths are guaranteed a vision upon exalting.
>>31539492> [ Little sister acquired ]
Rolled 10>>31539540Kinda sorta, Glories of the Most High mention this about him>In the present era, all that has changed. While the Unconquered Sun is known across Creation as the sun god and the most powerful Celestial Incarna, that knowledge has taken on a sort of distance in the hearts of the people. In truth, while Creation knows him to be the King of the Gods, his role in world religion has become marginal-ized, with the sun god remembered more out of tradition than true veneration.It could have changed depending on how EF wants though,
Rolled 6>>31539588She would actually be a fantastic candidate to 'receive the blessings of the Unconquered Sun' with Tiger Warrior Training Technique - especially Zenith.
Rolled 8>>31539623>most powerful>remembered out of tradition not venerationwat
Rolled 4>>31539646People are kind of scared of him, you're not suppose to ask him for stuff, just give him thanks for being alive
"Uh... I don't know yet." Man, this girl runs. "We're still planning things out. How many of you are there?""The cult, you mean? Used to be about a hundred people in total, less than half active. Since you started gracing Tianna with your presence, membership more than doubled! Although there are some... arguments.""I see. What kind o-" You stop when Spark starts to grope your breasts. Very casually, like it was the natural thing to do. "...What are you doing?""How do you get them to stay up by themselves like this? Is this Solar magic?"Tia is almost choking herself, meanwhile. "...What arguments were you talking about?" You force the discussion to continue."Well, our congregation is for the worship of the Unconquered Sun, though we of course also worship Solars as his emissaries...-""Wait a second." You stop her. She pulls her hands away from your chest, looking like a kid caught with her hands in the cookie jar. "Oh. Sorry.""No, I didn't mean that-" You don't manage to bite your tongue in time, and, taking that as consent, she returns to her examination of your anatomy. She seems genuinely motivated by curiosity and fascination. "...I meant, what did you just say? You- your people actually worship me?""Actually, that's part of the argument." She points out. "Some among the cult insist that the worship should only be directed at the Sun, although it's alright to pray to him with the intermediation of a Solar, especially of the Zenith caste such as yourself. Others want to worship you directly.""...As what?" You ask, knowing you'll regret it."Goddess of war, dance and sex, mostly."(cont.)
Rolled 1>>31539696Which really illustrates the tragedy of it all, considering that he was willing to be captured by the Primordials because of his love for humanity.
You facepalm, and hope Tia will remember that she has to breathe sometime."That's one of the reasons I'm here." Pyre explains. "Well, of course, I longed to meet you in person. By the way, can you clench your abs a moment?" She asks, while gently pressing her hands on your stomach."...What are the other reasons?""If we should worship the Unconquered Sun, or you directly. We require our divine wisdom to enlighten us as to which path is the right one.>You should worship solely Unconquered Sun. He's the highest of gods, I'm just his agent in Creation.>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.>Other?
Rolled 5>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess
Rolled 2>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.She's like a curious cat and utterly adorable
Rolled 2>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.start groping her back
Rolled 7>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.>Clench absI assume this is a half way sorta thing, we won't get as big a cult rating as could have but we'll still get one, we should offer to go down there sometime
Rolled 7>>31539755>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.
Rolled 6>>31539755seconding >>31539777just playful exploratative and curious gropes, we don't want to waste time trashing this room
>>31539755>Other?Worship the Unconquered Sun through us. We get Essence without pretending we're a god. Pray to us to intercede on His behalf (because really, that's what the Solar Exalted are FOR. Ol' Conky doesn't want to have to interfere directly.)
Rolled 7>>31539755>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.>counter grope
Rolled 8>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.C-Can we keep her through the other meetings? I hate to lose that sweet, sweet buzzing, but it should go to Conky. I don't even remember if it benefits us.
>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.>>31539777I disagree with groping back. We're getting bad vibes from our Curse here.
>>31539777>start groping her backas long as we don't hold hands, she won't get pregnant with our sunbaby, probably...
>>31539755>You should worship solely Unconquered Sun. He's the highest of gods, I'm just his agent in Creation."He gifted me with Exaltation to do a job that needs doing, but I'm really no different than you in that regard. We're both priestesses. I don't deserve worship that should rightfully be directed at Him. I can help as an intermediary sometimes, but I really need to focus on the tasks he wants me to complete. There are darknesses that need to be driven away. When that's done, I'll ask his opinion on whether or not I deserve worship."
Rolled 5>>31539807>I don't even remember if it benefits us.it does. It gives us faster Essence regeneration>>31539811>We're getting bad vibes from our Curse here.if you mean the buzzing, that's just us noticing prayer directed our way
Rolled 10>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.we can go either way down the track if we wish to, but this is good for now
>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.
>>31539755>>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.The buzzing is annoying, let's not get worshiped.
Rolled 10>>31539755>>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.Being and intermediary between them and the Unconquered Sun is in our job description
Rolled 4>>31539755>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.>>31539811I now think the buzzing isn't our curse, but our cult
>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.literally what Zenith caste is supposed to do
Rolled 10>>31539755>>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.That's basically our job
Rolled 3>>31539755>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.buzz buzz buzz
Rolled 8>>31539755>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestess.Alright, here's the thing guys. I really want input on this point. We want to be worshipped, but not in the normal way. We don't want people bowing down and begging to a distant powerful figure - that's shit. What we want is for their prayers to us to be things along the lines of:>Please do well in your fight against the Lintha!>Please don't die!>Keep doing a good job!Those kinds of prayers nourish us EXACTLY AS WELL as the other kind, and don't make us out to be some kind of unattainable perfect being, per se. Just someone who benefits by being worshiped as much as they do by having our protection and help. It's about the establishment of a relationship, rather than them just begging and praising us for our power.Thoughts?
"Well..." You scratch your head, confused utterly by this turn of events. "I'm not a goddess. I don't want to be worshiped as a goddess. What I am is a Chosen and a priestess of the Unconquered Sun. All I can be is an intermediary."Pyre puts up a sad face. "...Wait, does that mean that he doesn't need me anymore? You're here to take my place?">No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.>No, you'll keep managing the cult, but I'll take care of prayer and worship from now on.>Yes, I'll be the new head of the cult, but you'll stay as my (assistant/secretary/friend/concubine/servant)>Yes, I'll take care of the cult. You have done a good job up to now, Pyre.
>>31539895That works, yeah.
Rolled 7>>31539733>Goddess of war, dance and sex, mostly.Yes please>>31539755>Your prayer makes me more powerful, and better able to protect you. You should focus on worshiping me.
Rolled 2>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.I'm too busy punching the enemies of creation.
Rolled 7>>31539895Yeah, I'm on board for encouraging that style of research.>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.We're basically the Sun's cardinal, along with the other Zeniths. We still need bishops and such.
Rolled 10>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.We should make a point to go down soon if only to meet them
>>31539733>"I see. What kind o-" You stop when Spark starts to grope your breasts. Very casually, like it was the natural thing to do. "...What are you doing?""How do you get them to stay up by themselves like this? Is this Solar magic?"Most common superpower!
>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.
>>31539913>>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.We're a Solar. We solve Problems. Practical Problems.
>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.We're mostly going to be busy kicking ass, taking names, and making sure new cults spring up. She's in charge of the one here in Tianna.Although we should probably boost up her Zenith as high as we can get it using TWTT if we can.
>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events."I'll be too busy fighting the enemies of creation to manage the congregation. You have done a good job so far and you should keep doing it."
>You should worship the Unconquered Sun, but I can be your intermediary. I am, after all, his Chosen priestessAlso, he has hundreds of millions of followers. So don't ask the most powerful being in existence to cure your toothache
Rolled 9>>31539913>>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.
Rolled 9>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.
>>31539955I'm a solar. That means I solve problems. Not problems like 'how do I worship?', because that falls under your conundrums of Philosophy. I solve Practical problems. For instance, how to stop some big mean Shadowland. The answer? Use Essence. And if that doesn't work? Use more Essence. Like this little old glowing fist right here. Empowered by me. Used by me. And you best hope, not pointed at you."
Rolled 5>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.
>>31540029>No Twilight Castemark
Rolled 8>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.no groping?
>>31540029And now I can't stop seeing the TF2 cast as a bunch of loony first-age Solars.Thanks.
>>31540048I wanted to post fast, suck at 'shopping, and still screwed up the quote. Sorry.
Rolled 10>>31540051We did say special events.
>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.Explain how busy we are!
>>31540068Soldier: DawnSpy: NightEngineer: TwilightScout: NightHeavy: Zenith(?)Medic: TwilightSniper: Dawn (?)Pyro: Fire Dragonblooded
>>31540051We should be doing more groping, also clench our abs for her
>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events when you want me to.Oh Maka any of the yes choices would be like kicking a puppy
Rolled 5I move that we make the first 'special prayer event' be tomorrow at dawn, first light. Since we'll be leaving, we should speak to the congregation before we leave. And dawn seems to be an appropriate time to pray to the sun.
>>31540105Get that dragonblood back in here for an ab-off.
"Oh, no." You explain quickly. "No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation! I'll just lead some prayers in special events.""But... you have a direct channel to the Unconquered Sun! He even speaks to you!" She points out."Well, yes, but you actually have a lot more experience in being a priestess than I do, and besides, uh, I'm not saying this to sound self-important, but I expect to be really busy at times, while a real priest must always be close to the- wait." You stop. "...How do you know that?""Well, the Unconquered Sun speaks to all Zeniths, right?"You stare into those big, bright eyes of hers. Is she just assuming that because it's how it works for lesser gods, or does she know a lot more than she seems to at first glance?"Uh. So. This buzzing noise I feel in my head is the prayer?""Buzzing noise?" She tilts her head sideways."You don't know about it?" You ask her."I've never been prayed to."Well, she has a point. You relax a bit. Man, this little priestess somehow managed to have you more on edge than the elementally-empowered dancer assassin you just met.A bit tired of being curiously groped by her, you "let one of your hands slip" and get some vengeance on her own breasts.She leaps back, away from you, clutching her chest and stammering furiously: "W-w-w-w-what are you doing?!"The sudden overreaction surprises you. Her face is bright red.>Sorry, my hand slipped>Fair payback>Well, you were setting a mood>Other?
Rolled 7>>31540122We should lead the midday prayers, being Zenith and all. Pyre can take care of the sunrise and sunset ones.
Rolled 2>>31540122>I move that we make the first 'special prayer event' be tomorrow at dawn, first light.Nah, that's shit. If we do a special prayer event, it has to be at noon, the sun's zenith.
Rolled 10>>31540137>Fair payback
Rolled 4>>31540137>Well, you were setting a mood
>>31540137>Well, you were setting a moodWe need to ask her more about Solars, she seems really knowledgeable about that
Rolled 2>>31540137>Well, you were setting a mood"I'm still human. Don't grope me if you're not inviting a response."
Rolled 1>>31540137>Well, you were setting a moodSpeak it with nonchalance.
Rolled 7>>31540137>Fair paybackI'm surprised she knew what a Zenith is
>>31540137>Fair payback. C'mere
Rolled 7>>31540137Well, you were setting a mood
Rolled 7>>31540154>>31540156What about the whole 'go to the demense' thing and the 'ocean court' thing? We're on a schedule.But can we at least agree we should lead a prayer before we leave?
>>31540137>Sorry, my hand slipped>Other"What made you start worshipping the Unconquered Sun"I think we should say goodbye to our Cult leader soon and see the others.
>>31540211It's doesn't have to be today or tomorrow, but we should at least do it soonish
Rolled 10>>31540137>>Fair payback>>31540188Yeah, she's awfully informed for a mortal priestess in world after centuries of immaculate doctrine. (Please be a gold faction patsy)
Rolled 10>>31540219Forgot dice. Better roll before people start yelling at me.
Rolled 9>>31540137>>Fair payback
Rolled 3>>31540219Tell her to gather the cult so we can join them in prayer tomorrow. THEN we can see the others.
Rolled 8>>31540137>Fair paybackwe're just curious what one of our worshipers feels like
>>31540137>Well, you were setting a mood
Rolled 9>>31540211>What about the whole 'go to the demense' thing and the 'ocean court' thing? We're on a schedule.Noon is the holy hour of the sun. If we don't have time to do it at noon, we must delay it.>But can we at least agree we should lead a prayer before we leave?Only if we do it today at noon or delay leaving tomorrow until afternoon. Otherwise, it will have to wait for our return.
>>31540137> LaughCome on!
Rolled 2>>31540137>Fair payback>>31540266good point> Laugh
Rolled 2>>31540225I think it should be tomorrow ASAP. Maybe it's just me, but i consider praying to our patron god to be of extremely high priority.
>>31540266She is super cute
Rolled 2>>31540219Seconding these choices. I'd like to know what made her start worshiping the Unconquered Sun and how she knows about Solars before we send her away.
Rolled 2>>31540137>Well, you were setting a mood
Rolled 8>>31540137>Fair paybackI don't really like the 'you were setting a mood' answer because I don't really want sex with her, I just wanted to fluster her a bit
>>31540275If we do it tomorrow then we'll have to put off seeing silk and the water court until after noon and I really don't want to put off seeing the water court any long than we already have
Rolled 10>>31540275yeah, seeing as we're super busy and need to head to our demanses tomorrow I think we can be excused not leading prayers at noon, but if its really important we can delay and leave after we pray at noon
Rolled 10>>31540137>Well, you were setting a mood>>31540304We don't necessarily have to have sex, just mutual groping
Rolled 4>>31540317if we're flying/riding coach via Tia Travels, then it will only take a few hours so it won't be that much of a delay
Rolled 1>>31540335yeah but we weren't groping her because she set a sexy mood, we groped her because her reaction would be funny
>>31540137>Well, you were setting a moodI think she just didn't expect someone like US to actually want to touch HER.We should really explain to her that we're completely and utterly new at this, and have her kind of try to inform us of how shit goes in the sun cult.
Rolled 10>>31540356No we were groping her because she was groping and admiring us
Rolled 2>>31540379yes, exactly. Which means we weren't groping her because of the mood she set.
Rolled 1>>31540137>>Well, you were setting a moodand it has been a long time since I touched a virgin
Rolled 3>>31540402That's exactly what it mean, she groped us because she found us sexy, we groped her because we found her sexy, and she had created a pro-groping atmosphere
Rolled 10>>31539913>No, you'll stay and keep being the head of the congregation, I'll just lead some prayers in special events.>I am not here to manage a cult. I will sometimes lead your or pray with you when it is needed.
Rolled 8>>31540137>Fair payback
Rolled 7>>31540137>Fair payback
Rolled 3>>31540137>Well, you were setting a moodand then well>My hand slipped
Rolled 1>>31538072>Well, you were setting a mood
You try not to laugh, and fail. "Well. you were setting a mood, groping me like that.""I was NOT g-g-groping!" She protests, still bright red. "I-i-i was m-m-m-m-merely EXAMINING the body of one of the Angels of the Sun! It w-w-was theological curiosity!"She turns away from you. "A-and besides... I-i-i'm not worthy of... you.""Why not?" You ask her."B-because...!" It's clear she's not ready to think of a solid reason."You know a lot of things. You're clearly a very good, very faithful priestess. What made you worship the Unconquered Sun? It's not... an easy task." You say, patting gently on your lap, inviting her to return.It takes a while for her to do so. "...One day... I saw a dream.""A dream." You reply."I have dreams sometimes." She says."...Well, everyone does.""I... suppose.""What did you see in this dream?""I was in a flower field. It was full of flowers, flowers everywhere, blooming under the sun." Her gaze gets unfocused and distant. "They were beautiful."You wait for her to finish. "And?""That's it."That seems like a bit too little to you, as far as life-defining choices go, but who are you to judge? Maybe it made a huge impression on her. After all, she IS completely decked in flowers as well. "...Do you have a lot of these dreams?"She nods."...Earlier, you mentioned something about a dark future. Was that a dream too?"She nods, in a far less cheerful way."...can you tell me about it?"(cont.)
Rolled 10>>31540574We're taking her home with us
She frowns. "I saw the island. From far away.""Tianna?""Yes." She says. "And then, darkness came and engulfed it.""...That's it?""That's it.">Thank her, conclude the meeting.>I have some more questions about your dream (what?)>I have some more questions about you (what?)>Other?
>>31540635Should we ask her about Solars or wait for the next time we see her?
Rolled 1>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.While I think it would be funny as hell if we continued our meetings for the day with Spark on our lap during them, I think it might not be best.
>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.Tell her we'll come by the temple before we leave.
>>31540635>I have some more questions about your dream (what?)Just what exactly did this darkness look like? What form did it take? Was it an encroaching night? An Ominous cloud? A complete absence of light?
>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.Give her a kiss goodbye and tell her well stop by soon, we should ask her where the cult meets actually
Rolled 9>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.Also say that we will come and pray with everyone soon. We got others to talk to. We could talk about more about her dreams and how she knows so much later.
Rolled 7>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.But don't let her leave our lap, and then continue our meetings like theres nothing different or awkward about it at all.
>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.>Come see me when i return, we will talk more then.>Try not to cause problems for queen Amata.
Rolled 4>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.>Other?I'm pushing for the Noon prayer tomorrow.
Rolled 3>>31540635>Thank her, conclude the meeting.
"...I see. Thank you for dropping by, Pyre! It was great getting to finally meet you.""No! The honor was all mine!" She says, hugging you. She seems to have gotten over that embarrassment pretty quick. "Thank you for this chance!""What do you mean, chance? You're head of my cult, right? We'll keep working together from now on!" You reply.You don't think you've ever seen a lot of people with a face as happy as her right now."...Divine Maka?""What- just call me Maka. What?""Maka?""Yes, what?"She looks up at you with those bright eyes of hers. "...Does- if- er, d-did I upset you?""Oh, you mean the touching?" She... IS rather grabby. Even now. She's squeezing you like... like a kid holding on to a large plush toy or safety blanket for security and comfort. Making her feel safe.>I actually like it.>Feel free.>I don't mind it.>Not in public, okay?>Please tone it down from now on.
Rolled 9>>31540872>I actually like it.
>>31540872>I actually like it.Course we doMake sure to get the address for the cult too
>>31540872(Forgot to add: you can also ask her to keep he "Divine" when calling you, or asking her to use any other honorific for your name)
>>31540872>I don't mind it.>Not in public, okay?Don't try to crush our ribs or anything (we get enough of that from Tia), and it'd be kind of undignified for someone to see you doing this in public, but aside from that do it as much as you want.
>>31540901I like Divine let's keep it
Rolled 5>>31540872>>I don't mind it.>>Not in public, okay?
Rolled 9>>31540901No titles. Titles are for chumps and we want to be friendly and personal with people. Casualness is the best way to go.
>>31540872>Feel free.>>31540901Tell her to call us Mistress Maka
>>31540929>Mistress MakaAlso a great alternative
Rolled 4>>31540872>>I don't mind it.
Rolled 1>>31540872>I actually like it.
>>31540872>Feel free.>"It's kind of cute" *ruffle her hair*
Rolled 3>>31540901The only title I'd be okay with would be Queen, Your Majesty, or something to that effect. And I'd prefer to dispense with formalities while in private.
Rolled 8>>31540901I'll second the misstress maka title >>31540929
>>31540872>I actually like it.
Rolled 2>>31540872>I actually like it.>Mistress MakaGood enough.Broken record, but the Noontime prayer?
>>31540872>>Not in public, okay?
Rolled 4>>31540872Seconding >>31540965>>31540901Mistress or Queen works for me
>>31540872>I actually like it.Keep Divine
Rolled 3>>31540986I want to but I want to hold off until we get back from the water elementals, I feel like we've put them off a lot
Rolled 4>>31540872>Not in public, okay?"I got carried away in the festival and I don't want to do it again anytime soon."
>>31540872>I actually like it.I like Divine, mistress makes us seem like a dominatrix, when everyone knows Maka's a sub
>>31540872>I actually like it. But not at important occasions unless I clear it, okay?
>>31541011I don't think we're going to go from "hugging" straight to "orgy" just because we're being hugged in public.
Rolled 4>>31540872>Feel free.Use title for public but drop it for private. I don't care what is the title.
>>31540872>I actually like it.Divine Maka, I bet Tia starts calling us that too
>>31540929Sounds good to me>>31540872>Not in public, okay?
>>31541025>when everyone knows Maka's a subwe have a pet.
Rolled 2>>31540872>>31540901>I actually like it.Queen or Divine is fine
>>31540872>I don't mind it.
>>31541025No we're not.
>>31540872>I actually like it.>Divine Maka
Rolled 10>>31541046I bet she'd call us Mistress if she could choose
>>31540901Queen or Divine is fine with me.
>>31541035groping on the other hand...
>>31541075Okay, maybe not completely, but we're more sub than dom
>>31540872>I actually like it.>Mistress is fine
>>31541097we've dommed once and we've subbed once, I really don't see how you're coming to that conclusion
>>31540872>I actually like it.>Divine
>>31541118same here.>>31540901Mistress Maka sounds nice and alliterative.
>>31541097No we are not.
>>31540872>I actually like it.>Mistress
Rolled 7>>31541097we're only sub to Tia when we feel like it, we've been on top every other time
>>31541097>>31541118I get the feeling Maka prefers to sub, but she's also much more picky about who she's willing to play sub to. So far the only people who've managed it are Tia and Samiel (and for Samiel it was a specifically-engineered event to boost his confident). For people like Smoke, Maka tops.
Rolled 9>>31540901>Mistress Maka
>>31540872>I actually like it>Divine Maka
Rolled 1Are you guys really samefagging the name vote?It's just a title.
"Touch away." You invite her with a smile. "I'm here for you.""Really?" And that's the look of a kid with a new toy."Yes, just... sometimes, in public, it might not be terribly proper."She nods. "I'll be careful! Thank you, Divine Maka!""I just told- whatever, it doesn't have a bad ring to it." You think about it. "Why not Queen? That's an actual title I have."She blinks. "Because to my faith you are a Chosen of the Sun first and foremost."She takes her theology seriously. "Mistress?""When in private?" She offers.That really makes you want to put a collar around her neck with a chain and- ok. Stop there. Self-control. Self-control. Deep breath."...Alright. I have to meet other people, Spark... And I'm sure you have a lot of work to do with the cult.""Now that I have the answers, yes!" She stands up from your lap, and again gets down on the floor and hugs your knees."...I told you to stop that.""Sorry." She stands back up. "I'll be leaving now!""Best of luck." You follow her with your eyes as she leaves, picking up her flower-filled hat on the way out."Divine Maka." Tia giggles from her chair."Oh, shut up. It's nice to see people actually calling me nice things for once.""I call you nice things in bed." She replies, almost sounding offended."You call me all sort of things in bed, it doesn't count." You reply. "You even called me Anathema in bed once.""Did I." She replies, trying to remember. "...i'm sure you must've done something to deserve it."You sigh.>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants>Meet the wandering martial artist>Meet the mercenary captain>Other?
Rolled 2>>31541118You're completely right - he's mistaking 'sub' for 'bottom.' From how we've talked with Amata and Tia, it's fairly clear that Maka is a bottom - but she's a powerbottom/dom bottom as often as she is a sub bottom.
>>31541261>"You even called me Anathema in bed once."...Isn't that roughly equivalent to being a black person with a fetish for being called a nigger in bed and having their partner roleplay a slavemaster?Tia and Maka get up to some kinky shit.
Rolled 10>>31541261>>Meet the mercenary captain
Rolled 2>>31541261>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants
Rolled 4>>31541261>"Did I." She replies, trying to remember. "...i'm sure you must've done something to deserve it."I'm sure we did>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchantsI'm for getting these guys out of the way, even if in the end it's well talk about it when we start building
Rolled 5>>31541261>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchantsIf we can open trade negotiations with them for Tianna, that would be fantastic. They also seem the least likely of the three to want to be kept waiting.
Rolled 3>>31541261>Meet the mercenary captain
Rolled 1>>31541261>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants
>>31541261>Mistress MakaI didn't think it was possible to hate people you've never met as much as I hate the people who voted for that at this precise moment>Meet the wandering martial artist
>>31541261>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchantsMerchants tend to have an inflated ego. We best get them out of the way.
>>31541261>Meet the representative of the Denzik merchants>That really makes you want to put a collar around her neck with a chain and- ok. Stop there. Self-control. Self-control. Deep breath.We can do that later.
Oh my god, I am loving this session so much.That said, I've been wondering for a bit, EF, will we get to be Tia for a bit again soon? I remember that was pretty intriguing when it happened~
Rolled 10>>31541261>Meet the mercenary captain>>31541306>I didn't think it was possible to hate people you've never met as much as I hate the people who voted for that at this precise momentOverreaction much?
>All these people voting for meeting the merchantAnd how well did we do on our last Mental+Eclipse roll? We're gonna get swindled.
>>31541306>I didn't think it was possible to hate people you've never met as much as I hate the people who voted for that at this precise momentreally?
Rolled 9>>31541330>will we get to be Tia for a bit again soon?I doubt it. That was specifically an April Fools thing. Maybe if Maka gets incapacitated in the future and Tia needs to do exciting shit to salvage the situation?
Rolled 6>>31541335I'm pretty sure we're going to tell him to talk to Amata. She's much better at this kind of thing
>>31541330Next April 1, maybe.
>>31541333The level of my hate for them surprises me too, things I didn't want to happen have happened in this quest before, but they have never instilled in me this level of rage
Rolled 5>>31541335We can't really ignore them, I just want to get them out of the way, make no deals or promises it's a simple talk about options that will or won't be decided next time
>>31541346>>31541357Aw. Well, asking never hurt, I suppose.
Rolled 9>>31541367whatever you say mistress
Rolled 5>>31541367Sounds like you have serious anger problems to me. Have you thought about seeking therapy?
>>31541330Maybe if we get a situation where Tia could provide an important POV where Maka couldn't, like last time. Unless that happens I wouldn't count on it.
Rolled 1>>31541379Right, I understand. Personally, I would rather have a Regis segment in the future, once he's full Tiger Warrior. Having to do a gritty bit with an exceptional-but-still-mortal dude in deep cover or trying to rescue his superhuman patron? That would be badass.
>>31541398Holy shit, that would be so fucking badass.
Rolled 1>>31541412Right? So far, 100% of this quest has been from the perspective of two of the most powerful superhumans in the world. Doing a segment where you truly exceptionally badass for a mortal, but still with all the normal mortal frailties and weaknesses would be a great new perspective for exploring the setting.And it would be BADASS AS A MOTHERFUCKER.I'm pretty sure his current stats are as follows:>Dawn 1>Zenith 1>Night 2>Twilight 0>Eclipse 1 or 2>Physical 3>Social 1 or 2>Mental 1He's going to be fucking awesome once we finish with his Tiger Warrior training.
>>31541398>Deep cover badass mortalSolid Regis?All of my yes.
>>31541412>>31541398I'm wondering if Pyre will find out about us training and enhancing him and declare him a saint. Imagine Millian's face.
>>31541484Anon, pls stahp, my sides can't take much more.
I never really liked the whole minion training thing myself but I don't really mind it. As long as you guys don't get carried away.
>>31541398>>31541462It also depends on if we Maka finally decides to enlighten Regis.I wonder what his original fate out have been like if we hadn't rescued him. Nothing good I guess
Rolled 3>>31541469His native skillset is roguish - we're adding in superhuman physical, resistance, tactics, combat, and raw command power.He's going to CQC some motherfuckers.So, yeah. I'm hoping that our next 'perspective' one-shot will be a fully Tiger Warrior Regis. Equal parts battle butler, Solid Snake, swashbuckler, and Ezio Auditore. He's nowhere near the level of a proper exalt, and will die like a punk bitch from a good stab wound - but that's what will make it extra badass.
Rolled 2>>31541511>I wonder what his original fate out have been like if we hadn't rescued him. Nothing good I guessHe was starving to death before he stole our clothes. He was being stoned to death before we saved him from the crowd. And he was outcast from his community and hiding in the jungle when we took him on as our butler.He owes us his life three times - or more - over, and knows it, and doesn't resent us for it.That should tell you a lot.
Rolled 5>>31541512>>31541529Well, shit, I never even looked at him that way before. You just confirmed him for my favorite minion. Based Regis.
>>31541529>He owes us his life three times - or more - over, and knows it, and doesn't resent us for it.As much as it's entirely understandable to resent owing someone your life, it's not exactly common. I can't imagine resentment would usually pop up this early on at any rate.
>>31541669It's more when you lord it over them that resentment happens. We've given him a lot of things he didn't have and are giving him a far better life than he would have had before.
So, that DB was 'captivated by our dance.' During the dance, we snatched an arrow clean out of the air, like it wasn't no thang, and casually disposed of it. I think that's the 'dance' she found captivating.
Rolled 4>>31541784She might have been the one that shot usI bet she's an assassinIt's okay though, I'm sure we can just convice her to actually be on our side
>>31541784Unless she WAS the shooter, anon.
[Social + Eclipse = 2 10 2 4 5 = 2 successes]Your third appointment for the day appears on the doorway: a man in simple clothes, seemingly a simple seaman carrying a leather bag and a well-forged sword at his belt, that Millian introduces as "Roan Denzik, of the Denzik Merchant Corporation".The young man bows at you with the utmost respect before gesturing to the chair. "Might I be seated? I am not familiar with your Exaltation. Is there a protocol I'm not aware of?"Well, he's polite. "Please, be seated. I'd like this to be an informal meeting." You sit as well.You heard that he was a representative of the Denzik, but not that he was an actual family member. This man's surname is impressive.The Denzik are probably one of the most successful independent (as in, not aligned with the Guild or Coral, the two major economic superpowers in the area) merchant groups. All based on one of the craziest ventures in Creation: thousands of seaworthy vessels tied together in a massive artificial island, driven by scavenged First-Age technology across the sea.The Denzik, now more a vast alliance of clans and corporations than a single family or a single city, are famous for their risky business ventures they undertake liberally, their fair prices and business practices and their vast reach (Gem, a city as distant from the ocean as they come, traded many of its precious jewels with the Denzik merchants).You take a second look a the individual in front of you: This humble-looking, soft-spoken, unassuming man has the weight of one of the largest venture capitals in Creation behind of him.>Make small talk first>Let's talk business>Ask him something (what?)>Call for Amata>Other?
Rolled 3>>31541784She may be a Realm/Immaculate assassin. Better show her our good side fast, to make her switch her allegiance.
Rolled 4>>31541822>Make small talk firstLet's keep up a comfortable atmosphere. Maybe we can read him a bit if we get him to open up.
>>31541807...she's definitely an assassin. Didn't you follow that whole conversation's subtext? She's trying to find a leader she's happy to play killer for instead of ending up murdering for House Cynis or some shit.
>>31541811You didn't see the shooter's face clearly, but he was clearly male, and the arrow didn't have an Exalted's power behind it. If it was her, she was wearing a disguise and didn't intend to kill you at the time.
Rolled 10>>31541822>Make small talk first
Rolled 4>>31541822>Make small talk first
Rolled 1>>31541822>Make small talk firstuse our womanly charms y/n?
Rolled 6>>31541822>thousands of seaworthy vessels tied together in a massive artificial island, driven by scavenged First-Age technology across the sea.That's super cool>Make small talk firstLet's get him to like us a bit before we talk business
>>31541822>Call for AmataGet the woman who actually knows what to do in these situations in here.
>>31541822Small talk is good - ask if he's ever been to Gem.
Rolled 7>>31541822If we get the chance we really want to use TttH on this guy, if we can get this guy to like us chances are he'll make a good deal for us and counter act our shit mental + eclipse
>>31541871Not overtly; that'd only serve to make him paranoid.>>31541876 has it right - we ought to get an assist from our resident political/mercantile powerhouse.Also, social charms could probably be a damn good idea.
Rolled 10>>31541843Oh, I want to add that we can make small talk, but if he starts talking business, CALL AMATA. Or at least tell him that Amata would need to be here for anything like that to go down. We're not going to make big decisions like that on behalf of Tianna without her there.
>>31541811>Caught by surprise and with a terrified look on his face, he turns and runs.She could be good at disguises, or maybe pronouns got mixed up again. I kinda like the idea of her being the assassin, but I think it's more likely she saw the attempt and was impressed.
Rolled 4>>31541908>Also, social charms could probably be a damn good idea.our dice adder is still active
Rolled 3>>31541912>We're not going to make big decisions like that on behalf of Tianna without her there.Yes this is super big, we don't make deals or promises, we can talk opportunities but we can't make decisions without talking to Amata first
>>31541929Right, I derped, sorry about that.
Rolled 9>>31541822>Make small talk firstHe's clearly not used to talk with Exalted.
Rolled 10>>31541948or it's an act and he's actually a shrewd negotiator that's trying to appear inexperienced.
Rolled 1>>31541822>Make small talk first>Call for AmataAsk him if he would mind, first.
Rolled 9We're on page 8 and falling.Second thread tonight?
>>31542006We already know Amata is busy and can not attend.
Rolled 9>>31542072Can someone think of a better description for this thread than "we talk a a lot" for the archive? I'm drawing a blank
[Social + Zenith + MRP = 3 4 10 4 1 6 7 10 4 3 = 5 successes]"I wasn't aware that a scion of the Denzik family wanted to meet me. If I had known, I would have met you sooner. My apologies." You say."Please, don't use words like "Scion". It makes me seem more important than I actually am." He lightly bows again to you. "And I must say that your beauty and charm are even greater than what the stories say.""There are stories?" You reply, suitably surprised."Some." He concedes himself a small laugh. "Places like Denzik, where merchants, peddlers, sellers and buyers come and go are the beating heart of Creation's rumor mill.""And what does the rumor mill say?""That you punched a Deathlord's flying battleship back in the sea, stole Queen Amata's heart, and vanquished the Prince of the Black Swamp. To begin with.""I actually did none of those things, at least not in those terms." You inform him."I suspected as much." He smiles. "Oh, don't take it as an offense, lady Maka. It's more that all rumors are born from a seed of truth, but then inevitably outgrow it as they become bigger and bigger. I've long learned to trust them only up to a certain point. I'm still in the process of learning up to which point, though."You both laugh politely."For instance." You almost hear a mechanical noise as the man enters in business mode. "Perhaps not by your sole hand, but the Prince of the Black Swamp was indeed defeated, right?""He was.""And his former Wyldlands, now solid Creation, are legally owned by you now?"You're not sure about the legal status of those lands, but you're pretty sure that they are yours, de facto if not the iure."They're mine.""Then I have a business proposal for you, lady Maka. Hopefully the first of many, if you will be satisfied by us. Are you interested in hearing it?"(Should I open a new thread or close here? I can keep posting for 4-5 hours tops. What do you say, thread? Alternatively I could close and stay around for Q&A)
Rolled 1>>31542296I'd like more updatesalso because you update may make it missed >>31542294
Archive and new thread, I think.
>>31542296New thread please
>>315422964-5 hours is a pretty good length, and this seems like a shitty place to close out.
Rolled 4>>31542296new thread please
>>31542296new threads fine by me EF
>>31542318>>31542294How about "We meet a lot of new NPCs who want to talk to us part 1."?
>>31542296I'll be spending those 4-5 hours writing a final exam, but I imagine the other anons in this thread will want to keep going.
>>31542296Keep updating till you can not.
>>31542296A new thread is fine.
Rolled 5>>31542347>We meet a lot of new NPCs who want to talk to us part 1.Fine by me
>>31542296>Should I open a new thread or close here?New thread works for me.And I say we hear him out, but specify that the reclaimed lands were divided fairly amongst the leaders of those groups who participated in the Black Prince's defeat. That tells him we're willing to deal fairly with others, and that working with us is rewarding.
>>31542294"Maka navigates the intricacies of back-room deals and Exalted politics.
Rolled 7>>31542296Of course we are interested in hearing it at least.
>>31542374>but specify that the reclaimed lands were divided fairly amongst the leaders of those groups who participated in the Black Prince's defeatNot really, well I mean the northern half went to The Three Rivers Tribe, but all of the Southern area is ours except for the manse that we gave to Tianna
Rolled 10>>31542374They weren't divided, we own all of it, the only thing divided were the demanse
Rolled 8>>31542415Wait really? I thought we got all of it.
>>31542417I'm pretty sure I remember that the three-rivers got some of the northern land and we took the land south of the river
>>31542439They wanted it for farmland, it might not have been all but the got some
Rolled 1>>31542446>>31542452Well, I have the archive open in another tab, I'll check
>>31542446Some, but it was mostly land that was already creation, just unusable because too close to the wyld and its occasional fae raids.The actual NEW Creation is all within the territory controlled by you.
Map for reference>>31542466So we have the western coastal area and the southern half of the island
>>31542466ah right, thanks for clarifying
>>31542296I'd like a new thread to continue, personally.